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Michael Tanczos


Things are progressing nicely. This post is going to be a bit global.. so there won't be any real single point.

First, I'm coaching an Under-17 soccer team for Lehigh Township! We have practices 3 times a week at the moment and I pretty much work them to death.. though I make sure to participate in as many of the exercises as possible, primarily since they seem to respond well when I just do this as a natural part of training with them. I must admit though that I'm tired as hell at the moment.. my legs are sore and my calves have been cramping pretty badly. This hasn't happened for a while so I suppose I set a pretty good standard for our exercises.

Starting standard warm-up:

  • 1/2 mile jog
  • Stretch
  • Lateral shuffle, 10-yards side to side in reps of 15, sets of 3
  • Forward/Backward shuffle, 15-yards sprint forward then backpedal, reps of 15, 2 sets
  • Ball touch, 1 minute 30 seconds.. lift feet and touch top of ball with the bottom of foot. Alternate feet.
  • Scissors step-over, alternating feet, 1 minute 30 seconds
  • 50 meter walking lunges. Back must be perpendicular to ground and knees must be 3 inches from ground during walk.

This is when we start practice usually. On occasion I will throw in sprints or hill climbs instead of one of the shuffles. This typically tires them way out.. which I prefer, because they have to work much harder during practice.. this puts them immediately in the same condition they would typically be in the last 20 minutes of the game. Their ball touches may suck right now.. they may not know how to play defense well yet from years of parent coaches.. but by god they'll be in shape. This still gives us a good two hours to practice. We've only had two practices this season so far, so we still have time to improve.

I'm going on vacation in a week for 10 days to Yellowstone national park.. well that area in general at least. I'm quite excited since my family has never been so well off that we could travel to more than just local places. My entire family isn't going since my grandmother, who is afflicted with alzheimers, is living under the care of my father. My two brothers, myself, and my mother will be taking this trip.. and for them it's the first time they'll have ever flown. I've flown before twice when I was in high school.. the first was to go to national competition for DECA (an association of marketing students) where I didn't place. The second year I took top 25 at Anaheim, California.. for me it wasn't bad since I was competing against top 3 winners from all 50 states and our myriad of provinces. I entered the business plan competition.

Before I leave I need to pass a hands on skills exam for my third semester Cisco Instructor certification.. I'm already a CCNA and CCAI but I need to be current with the new 3.0 curriculum. I'll be spending a lot of time in my lab at the high school I work at to get that squared away. Luckily we've been fortunate enough to obtain what I would consider to be a first rate lab setup.. but it's taken me 3 years to get the funds together to create it. This year we'll have a total of 13 functioning routers and 4 switches to work off of along with 24 workstations.. some powered by KVM switches. We have four patch panels where everything is wired into.. and this was all wired by my students. Each year I did have them tear down the entire lab and build it again.. but this year I think I'll just have them add onto it so we don't take too much time away from the topics they have to cover.
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